Oct. 4, 2011 — We are your number one source for local news.
Unroll the paper and lay it out on your kitchen table or office desk and take a look at what we offer in your hometown newspaper.
Now, imagine your life without the paper.
The newspaper is a snapshot of life as it is lived in your town.
We often are the first word, last word and every other word in between on all manner of key issues affecting your life and livelihood.
While other media may provide a headline and a key detail, newspaper stories can provide the full and continuing coverage necessary for fully understanding important issues.
Your newspaper offers three main purposes.
First, we take on the watchdog role on government.
At the local level newspapers have played the lead role in exposing corruption and making life better for all of us.
Think about what Thomas Jefferson said.
“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
Recently the state of Florida defeated a bill that would allow local governments to bypass newspapers and post public notices on websites instead.
One factor in the decision is the neutrality and independence newspapers provide.
If not for newspapers, who would make the rounds at City Hall?
Who would routinely check the courthouse, the police station or sheriff’s department?
Who would analyze local politicians’ messages?
You can depend on the news team to be trustworthy, knowledgeable journalists who deliver an overview of local events and what they mean to all of us.
Newspapers also do more to contribute to a community’s sense of oneness than just about anything else.
Through news, editorials, letters, sports coverage, meeting notices and advertisements, the community has a feeling of interconnectedness.
What is the first thing you look at when you look at the paper?
The obituaries, the birth announcements, the arts, entertainment, the police logs, city county news or the best deal in town?
We have it all and we will continue to strive to bring it to you better each week.
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